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Raspberries are an epicurean delight that make a wonderful addition to salads, smoothies, muffins and healthy desserts and more.

But these beautiful berries don’t just taste great. They’re nutritional powerhouses, as well.

Raspberries: Fight Cancer Big Antioxidant Protection and Health Benefits

In fact, research shows that raspberries may have 10 times more antioxidants than tomatoes or broccoli.

In a recent study published in BioFactors, explored the disease-fighting compounds, antioxidant potential and health benefits of the raspberry.

In addition to vitamin C and anthocyanins, raspberries contain some specific antioxidants that are found almost nowhere else. The researchers found that 50% of the mighty power of this tiny berry comes from ellagic acid –  a potent antioxidant that helps prevent free radical damage and guards against several cancers including colon cancer and esophageal cancer.

Raspberries are one of the sources of xylitol – an all-natural sugar alcohol  that helps prevent cavities and can be used to safely sweeten beverages and baked goods.

Raspberries: Picking The Best

Research shows that berries grown organically have a higher antioxidant capacity than those grown “conventionally” with health and environment-damaging pesticides.

Because raspberries are a Dirty Dozen crop, always choose organic. Look for organic, flash frozen raspberries (try Cascadian Farm) and enjoy these antioxidant-rich raspberry recipes:

Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=4,882

References: Beekwilder J, Hall RD, de Vos CH.Identification and dietary relevance of antioxidants from raspberry.Biofactors. 2005;23(4):197-205. Beekwilder J, Jonker H, Meesters P, Hall RD, van der Meer IM, Ric de Vos CH.Antioxidants in raspberry: on-line analysis links antioxidant activity to adiversity of individual metabolites.J Agric Food Chem. 2005 May 4;53(9):3313-20.

Selecting and Storing Raspberries

Choose brightly colored, plump raspberries. Store in a dry container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

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About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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